By Fred Kiva
The Inspector General of Police Martin Okoth Ochola has constituted a team to coordinate the identification and return of CP Christine Alalo’s body, as the police finally confirm news of the officer’s death in the Ethiopian Airlines flight crash.
The Force through its spokesperson Fred Enanga had on Sunday refuted news of CP Alalo’s death, as information circulated on social media that she was the only Ugandan on the ill-fated flight in which all the 157 occupants perished. However, the news was first confirmed on Monday morning by Simon Mulongo, Uganda’s Deputy Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission for Somalia. Mulongo said that Alalo was aboard the ill-fated flight and she died, adding that the officer had earlier before the crash communicated to her driver, instructing him to go and pick her up at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi at 10 am. The ill-fated flight was scheduled to arrive at JKIA at 10:30 am on Sunday.
The police further confirmed the death of their senior officer in a statement issued on Monday afternoon.
“The Police are mourning the tragic outcome of yesterday’s plane crash, upon learning that it claimed the life of Commissioner of Police(CP) Christine Alalo, who was working with the African Union Mission in Somalia,(AMISOM), as the Acting Police Commissioner,” Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said. He revealed that the departed officer was returning from Italy to Mogadishu aboard the Ethiopian flight ET302, which crashed.
“The IGP has shared the sad news with the immediate family members of the fallen officer, and created a task team headed by the Director Peace Support Operations, AIGP Grace Turyagumanawe, to coordinate with both the AU Headquarters and Ethiopian Airlines to ensure the remains of our officer are traced and transported to her family in Uganda for burial,” Enanga added.
The police also explained that relatives have been notified that “the positive identification process and other protocols at the African Union” would probably cause a delay in the arrival of the officer’s body. Meanwhile the Director Police Health Services, Dr. Moses Byaruhanga is expected to travel in advance, with the immediate family member to Addis Ababa to support the identification process.
About Commissioner Christine Alalo
She joined the Police on August 8, 2001 as a Cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and served in various positions, including Acting Police Commissioner, AMISOM, a position she held up to the time of her death. According to Police her tour of duty in the war-torn Somalia was scheduled to end in June this year. The officer is survived by two sons.